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Steve Beaver
Steve BeaverStephen Beaver is the co-author of VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center and Scripting VMware Power Tools: Automating Virtual Infrastructure Administration as well as being contributing author of Mastering VMware vSphere 4 and How to Cheat at Configuring VMware ESX Server. Stephen is an IT Veteran with over 15 years experience in the industry. Stephen is a moderator on the VMware Communities Forum and was elected vExpert for 2009 and 2010. Stephen can also be seen regularly presenting on different topics at national and international virtualization conferences.

Did You Get the Memo?

July 28, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

Did you get the memo? You know, the one that went out about the end of support for Microsoft Windows XP that took effect on April 8, 2014. What month is it now? Oh, that’s right; it’s July. So why in the world should there still be news about the end of Windows XP? Well,…

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How Much Change Have You Seen?

July 17, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

How much change have you seen in the way in which IT departments determine the number of people needed to best serve the infrastructure, especially since the introduction of virtualization and cloud computing? I have observed that those companies that decided to make the leap all at once immediately dropped their number of hands-and-feet people…

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From Googliness Comes Containers — and Kubernetes

June 19, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

Most companies screen for intelligence and experience in potential recruits, but Google also looks for “Googliness,” a mix of passion and drive that is difficult to define, but on the other hand can be pretty easy to spot. What Google has found is that these qualities often come intertwined with a desire to use technology…

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Out of the Cloud and Into the Fog: Cisco, Fog Computing, and the Internet of Things

June 5, 2014
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CloudComputing

We have all heard the hype that the cloud is the way forward in the twenty-first century, and I am sure you have heard the claim from cloud advocates that at some point 100% of computing will reside in the cloud. This seems logical, based on current trends and a quick glance over the announcements…

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Stacking Up Rackspace Options

May 27, 2014
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CloudComputing

Rackspace’s future has been in question since CEO Lanham Napier stepped down in February of 2014. While Rackspace is a profitable company, it must be feeling the squeeze from larger players like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Google. Amazon and Google in particular have slashed prices for their Platform as a Service (PaaS) products, leaving…

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Cisco Cloud Services Positions Cisco to Compete in the Cloud

May 12, 2014
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CloudComputing

When you hear the term “cloud computing,” Amazon, Google, VMware, and Microsoft are the companies that you most likely think of first. Well, it seems Cisco Systems wants a spot on that list of companies known for their cloud services. Cisco announced in March that it plans to begin offering Cisco Cloud Services to its…

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Extending the Cloud Outside of the Data Center

April 29, 2014
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CloudComputing

VMware has been aggressively building and executing its hybrid cloud vision, extending the cloud outside of the data center. In line with this vision, VMware recently announced an expansion of its VMware vCloud Hybrid Service by adding disaster recovery as one of its offered services. This expansion will put VMware in direct competition with companies…

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How Much Insight Are We Missing from Our Environments?

April 18, 2014
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CloudComputing

How much insight are we missing from our environments? That is a question I find myself asking after being bitten by a new “bug” found in VMware vCloud Automation Center (vCAC). There seem to be many people like me who discovered their morning was wrecked when the vCloud Automation Center 6.0 tenants became inaccessible and…

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Unique Modern-Day Data Centers

April 9, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

When you hear the phrase “data center” in a conversation, what kind of image does that instill in your mind? Just for fun and reference, here is the definition from Wikipedia: “A data center is a facility used to house computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems. It generally includes redundant…

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